bio

Jon Cohrs is a visual artist and audio engineer whose work uses public engagement, collaboration and site-specific explorations to address issues around healthcare, the environment and technology. His most recent project, BACK WATER, is a documentary film about the anthropocene, in which a group of people forge the New Jersey Meadowlands by canoe, exploring a strange landscape that tells the story of a civilization’s new frontier.

As an audio engineer and the founder of Bear Call Mastering, a mastering and post-production sound studio based in Kingston, NY. Previously he founded Spleenless Mastering in Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tony Conrad, Cory Arcangel, Tara Jane O’Neil, Laurie Anderson and mastered the soundtrack for the Oscar nominated film, ‘Nebraska.’

As a fellow at Eyebeam, Jon created OMG TV; an analog TV station that went live during the digital transition when television stations turned off analog transmission. OMG TV was used as a reference in a Supreme Court amicus brief on creativity and copyright. In 2011 he created Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt. The medicinal “cure-all salt” is created from effluent wastewater and is an aggregate of the pharmaceuticals Americans are taking to heal themselves.

His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, FutureEverything, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, The Total Museum Korea, Art in General, Eyebeam among others. He’s received grants from NYSCA, Media Arts Assistance Fund, Mellon Grant, Experimental Televisions Center, FEAST, Future Everything and fellowships from Eyebeam, NYFA, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, in addition to numerous residencies throughout the US and Europe.

He is currently a lecturer of Media Art at SUNY Purchase College. Previously he has lectured at Parsons School for Design, Pratt Institute, NYU ITP, RPI, and Finish Academy of Fine Art (KUVA).

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